UMass Amherst Stonewall Center

The Stonewall Center at UMass Amherst
Photo - inside the Stonewall Center

UMass Trans Resource Guide

Does UMass Amherst Cover Trans People in Its Nondiscrimination Policy?

Where Can I Find Gender-Inclusive Bathrooms on Campus?

Does UMass Amherst Provide Gender-Inclusive Housing?

How Does Residential Life Make Housing Assignments for Trans Students?

How Can Students Change Their Names on Campus Records and Documents?

How Can Students Change the Gender Marker on Campus Records?

How Can Students Have a Chosen Name Rather than Their Legal Name on Their UCards (Student ID Cards)?

How Can Students and Staff Have Their Chosen Name Rather than Their Legal Name Be Used in "People Finder" (the UMass Online Directory)?

How Can Students Change the Name in Their UMass Email Address?

What Health Care Coverage Is Available to Transitioning Students?

Is the Rec Center Accommodating to Trans Students?

Can Trans Students Participate in Campus (Non-NCAA) Sports?







Does UMass Amherst Cover Trans People in Its Nondiscrimination Policy?

In August 2009, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst added "gender identity and expression" to its nondiscrimination policy. The town of Amherst also includes "gender identity/expression" in its human rights policy.


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Where Can I Find Gender-Inclusive Bathrooms on Campus?

The plumbing codes of Massachusetts require specific numbers of facilities per men and women, which greatly restricts the ability to turn existing men's and women's restrooms into gender-inclusive ones in residence halls and academic buildings.

Residence Halls
Most residence halls have gender-inclusive bathrooms on their first floors, but these restrooms do not include showers. At this point, there are gender-inclusive bathrooms/showers in 016 Prince (the central bathroom in the basement) and in 209 Prince (at the south end of hall). The Stonewall Center, on the first floor of Crampton, has a gender-inclusive bathroom that is available to all students. The North residence halls offer apartment-style housing, including non-gender-specific bathrooms/ showers. However, these new halls are more expensive than other halls and are assigned by students' priority. The bathrooms/showers on the 2 in 20 floor are informally gender-inclusive.

Academic Buildings
(this list also includes lockable, single-user men's and women's restrooms)

South Campus

Middlesex
--1st floor: lockable gender-inclusive bathroom with multiple stalls
--3rd floor: gender-inclusive bathroom without locks with 4 urinals on one side and 3 stalls on the other (there are two separate doors, but the sides are connected)

Berkshire
--1st floor: lockable gender-inclusive bathroom with single stall; also a lockable men's bathroom with a single stall next to it
--2nd floor: gender-inclusive bathroom without a lock, but with a sign indicating "male within," "female within," and "unoccupied"


Central Campus

Munson
1st floor: side-by-side lockable men's and women's bathrooms with single stalls

Bartlett
1st floor: lockable men's bathroom with single stall (room 154) and lockable women's bathroom with single stall (room 162)

Fine Arts Center
1st floor: lockable gender-inclusive bathroom with single stall by vending machines in the Concert Hall. The door is not labeled as a bathroom

Isenberg School of Management
lockable women's bathroom with a single stall on the north side of the building (the end closest to the Fine Arts building), Floor G, next to the elevator

Goodell
5th floor: two lockable gender-inclusive bathrooms with single stalls (rooms 521 and 522)

Dickinson
--1st floor: lockable gender-inclusive bathroom labeled for staff use only (room 115)
--2nd floor: lockable gender-inclusive bathroom labeled for staff use only (room 211)

Machmer
--2nd floor: lockable gender-inclusive bathrooms with single stalls on either end of the hallway that is nearest the library
--3rd floor west: gender-inclusive bathroom without a lock, but with placards saying "women inside" or "men inside" (turn over to say "no women inside" or "no men inside"

Campus Center
1st floor (concourse level): side-by-side lockable men's and women's bathrooms with single stalls next to the Daily Collegian offices


North Campus

Ag Engineering
1st floor: lockable women's bathroom with single stall (room 119C)

Stockbridge
1st floor: lockable gender-inclusive, wheelchair accessible bathroom with three urinals and one stall (follow the wheelchair accessible bathroom signs)

Holdsworth Hall 1st floor: lockable gender-inclusive bathroom (room 121)


Far North Campus

Knowles
1st floor: lockable men's and women's bathrooms with single stalls

Lederle
--15th floor: lockable women's bathroom with single stall
--16th floor: lockable women's bathroom with single stall

Engineering Lab
2nd floor: lockable women's bathroom with single stall

UMass Police Department (585 East Pleasant St.)
1st floor: gender-inclusive lockable bathroom in Multi-Purpose Room/Emergency Operations Center (113D)


East Campus

Wilder
--Ground floor: lockable women's bathroom with single stall
--1st floor: gender-inclusive lockable bathroom with single stall (room 104)

University Club
--1st floor: lockable women's bathroom with single stall
--2nd floor: lockable men's bathroom with single stall

University Health Center
--Ground floor: two lockable gender-inclusive bathrooms with single stalls (in Radiology, rooms 008 and 009)
--1st floor: lockable gender-inclusive bathroom with single stall (in General Medicine South)
--2nd floor: lockable men's and women's bathrooms with single stalls (outside of Billing)
--3rd floor: gender-inclusive bathroom with single stall and no lock (361B, behind Health Education desk)

Clark
--1st floor: lockable men's and women's bathrooms with single stalls
--2nd floor: lockable men's and women's bathrooms with single stalls

French
2nd floor: lockable, single-stall men's bathroom

Fernald
1st floor: gender-inclusive bathroom labeled for staff, need key to open (room 108)

Hills South
3rd floor: multiple stall bathroom labeled "gender-inclusive," no lock (room 362B)
4th floor: lockable gender-inclusive bathroom with single stall (room 462D)

New Africa House 2nd floor: lockable gender-inclusive bathroom with single stall


Future Construction
All major renovations and new facilities built on the University of Massachusetts, Amherst campus after January 2010 that are required by state or federal law to have an accessible bathroom will include a single-user accessible bathroom facility that is gender inclusive.



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Does UMass Amherst Provide Gender-Inclusive Housing?


All students may request Gender-Inclusive Housing, a defined residential community created for this purpose. Gender-inclusive rooms are also available on the Spectrum floor, the LGBTA living-learning community. If you are a returning or incoming student interested in the Gender-Inclusive Housing option or the Spectrum floor, email the Residential Life staff at living@umass.edu for more information.


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How Does Residential Life Make Housing Assignments for Trans Students?


Residential Life, in conjunction with the Dean of Students Office, has set up a referral process for trans students to provide assistance in selecting the best housing option for their particular needs. Current and new trans students are encouraged to contact the Housing Accommodations staff at Residential Life. Please email living@umass.edu for more information.

Residential Life has developed the following position statement (from http://www.housing.umass.edu/pdf/Sexual%20Orientation.pdf):
Statement on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression

The University community of students, faculty and staff can be seen as a microcosm of the Commonwealth. As a state university, our population represents the rich diversity of the population of Massachusetts. It also shares the Commonwealth's complex task of creating an environment where people of different backgrounds and interests can interact in safe and humane ways. As an educational institution, the University is ideally suited to the task of making life in a diverse community a positive, educational experience. In order to accomplish this, the University must remain responsive and sensitive to the needs of all its members.

As gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people become more visible nationally and in the Commonwealth, more concern is manifested by legislators, taxpayers and parents of students. Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people have always been a part of the University community, just as they have always played a part of every aspect of national life as legislators, taxpayers and parents of students, as well as University faculty, staff and students.

The issue for the University is not that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals are becoming part of the community, but rather that they may choose to become a much more visible and vocal part. Housing and Residence Life has long held and continues to hold the position that basic rights must and will be extended to all members of the community. Acting upon this position involves eradicating certain misconceptions as well as espousing certain assertions.

First, Housing and Residence Life asserts that a person's sexual orientation or gender identity/expression should not be a criterion in employment decisions.

Second, Housing and Residence Life further asserts that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and staff are entitled to an environment which is non-oppressive. Harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity/expression is not acceptable and will be addressed through appropriate administrative action as well as educational programming.

Third, role modeling and professional competence are not affected by sexual orientation or gender identity/expression any more than they are by any other personal characteristic such as race, sex, or disability. The chance for students to get to know gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender staff, faculty, and students can be an important part of the educational process.

Fourth, the University community and those who are concerned with its welfare must not confuse demands for human rights with proselytizing and sexual aggression. The University has a responsibility when members of the community ask to participate fully and openly in the life of the community.

Fifth, Housing and Residence Life requests that the recognition of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals as complete human beings not be equated with advocacy that everyone should be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. The confusion of these two very different ideas often leads to an unnecessary defensiveness on the part of some heterosexuals and non-transgender individuals.

Housing and Residence Life's support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and staff reflects the belief that the University must accept and integrate the Commonwealth’s diverse population into its educational community in ways that are responsible both to the University and to the Commonwealth.



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How Can Students Change Their Names on Campus Records and Documents?


A person who lives in Hampshire County can obtain a change of name by filing a petition with the Hampshire County Probate and Family Court. How to do so is outlined in our Western Massachusetts Transgender Resource Guide.

Once you have a court-ordered name change, you can change your name on all UMass Amherst records by bringing a copy of the court order or a driver's license with your new name to the University Registrar's office (213 Whitmore) and filling out a name change form.

Students who have not legally changed their names can still have a chosen names on class rosters and in the UMass online directory ("People Finder"). There is a link to update your name in the Student Services Center in SPIRE under "Personal Information." Click on the "edit" box to add your chosen name.

Your chosen name will appear on your main Student Center page on SPIRE and on class rosters (SPIRE, Mobius, and WebCT). Grade rosters will have your legal name, but your chosen name will appear immediately afterward in parenthesis -- e.g. George Jorgensen (Christine). All of your other official records will display only your legal name. Your ID number will display on all records for further clarification.

Changing your name on SPIRE will automatically update your listing in the UMass online directory. To use a chosen name on Blackboard, call the E-Learning office: 413-545-9583.



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How Can Students Change The Gender Marker on Campus Records?


Students can change the gender designation on UMass records by filling out a form available from Genny Beemyn at the Stonewall Center in Crampton Hall or from Lydia Rackenberg at the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health in Hills North. Students then bring the form to the Registrar's Office. No documentation is required.


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How Can Students Have a Chosen Name Rather than Their Legal Name on Their UCards (Student ID Cards)?


Students can change the first name on their UCards by filling out a form at the Stonewall Center in Crampton Hall and bringing the form to the Registrar's Office. Students do not need to have changed any other identification.


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How Can Students and Staff Have Their Chosen Name Rather than Their Legal Name Be Used in "People Finder" (the UMass Online Directory)?


Students can go into SPIRE and under "UMass Directory," choose "My Directory Info." If you uncheck "publish primary name," only your chosen first name will appear in People Finder.

Employees who are not current or former students can email directory@oit.umass.edu to request their chosen first name be used instead of their legal first name on People Finder. The request must be made from your official OIT email address



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How Can a Student Change the Name in Their UMass Email Address?


A student can change their UMass email address by making the request to the Account Management Office of the Office of Information Technologies (OIT) in A109 Lederle Graduate Research Center Lowrise. A photo identification will be needed to confirm your identity.


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What Health Care Coverage Is Available to Transitioning Students?


Transitioning students can have their mental health counseling, hormone replacement therapy, and gender-affirming surgeries covered under the student Health Benefit Plan (SHBP). For FTM students, the specific surgeries covered are: Mastectomy, Hysterectomy, Salpingo-oophorectomy, Vaginectomy, Metoidioplasty, Scrotoplasty, Urethroplasty, placement of testicular prostheses, and Phalloplasty. For MTF students: Orchiectomy, Penectomy, Vaginoplasty, Clitoroplasty, and Labiaplasty.

There is a $200 deductible, as well as a 15% co-insurance for participating physicians and a 25% co-insurance for out-of-network physicians. This means that students would be responsible for $200 and 15% or 25% of costs, depending upon the doctor was in or out of network, respectively.

For more information and the current protocol to follow, students should contact customer service at Consolidated Health Plans: 877-657-5027. If you encounter any difficulties, contact Lindsay Pease, Student Health Benefit Plan Manager at University Health Services: (413) 577-5192. The Director of the Stonewall Center, Genny Beemyn, can also provide support and assistance.



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UMass Trans Health Resource Brochure


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Is the Rec Center Accommodating to Transgender Students?


The Rec Center has a private changing and shower room that is open to transgender and other students. The room is between the men's and women's locker rooms and has a lockable door (no key is required to gain access). Lockers are available immediately outside of the private changing room.


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Can Trans Students Participate in Campus (Non-NCAA) Sports?


Working with the Stonewall Center, the Rec Center developed the following policy, which is included in the Rec Center's Intramural Participant's Guide:

"When an activity makes gender designation, individuals may participate in the activity based on their gender identity. If an individual's gender identity does not fit within the binary framework of man/woman or the person is in the process of transitioning to a different gender, participation in a particular gender designated activity will be handled on a case by case basis."

The full intramural policy can be found here